LIVE BLOG: Sunday’s pre-season action

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Barrow Raiders 0-22 Oldham
Castleford Tigers 32-6 Wakefield Wildcats
Doncaster 54-4 Oxford
Featherstone Rovers 24-10 Hunslet Hawks
Hull FC 60-20 Hull Kingston Rovers
Leeds Rhinos 26-12 Bradford Bulls
Swinton Lions 24-30 Rochdale Hornets
Salford Red Devils 32-16 Wigan Warriors
St Helens 16-30 Widnes Vikings
Warrington Wolves 46-4 Leigh Centurions

16:48 It’s been an absolutely ridiculous day of pre-season fixtures. HUGE shocks across the country. What are your thoughts after today’s action?

16:45 WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?!?

16:44 RESULT What a win for Salford!

16:43 RESULT: A valiant effort from the Bulls, but a debut try for Beau Falloon helps Leeds to victory

16:41 Denny Solomona scores his FOURTH try of the afternoon. What a start to the year for him! Castleford win 32-6 against Wakefield.

16:34 Wigan pulling it back. Oliver Gildart makes it 32-10, but it’s too late now.

16:32 Impressive stuff from Warrington, they lead 46-4 with Gene Ormsby securing a hat-trick.

16:31 The thoughts of our very own Aaron Bower, who was at the Hull derby today.

“It’s only pre-season of course, but one set of fans in Hull will be much happier than the other when they read League Express on Monday morning.

“There was a 40-minute period either side of half-time where Hull FC were just untouchable. They were slick, seamless and a joy to watch – with Leon Pryce at the heart of everything they did well. They will be full of confidence for the season opener against Salford in a couple of weeks.

“As for KR, they’ve lost their two friendlies with a combined score of 98-26. Food for thought for Chris Chester – his side just weren’t at the races for the most part today.”

16:22 OK, one Salford fan is a little bit excited at the minute!

16:20 Leeds going through the gears, they lead 18-12

16:15 Oldham double their lead.

16:07 Unbelievable this!

16:02 It is getting better for Salford as Ryan Lannon puts them 26-0 up over a decent Wigan team!

15:55 Quite the scathing report from one Wigan fan. Concerned Warriors fans?

15:53 Not the half Leigh had in mind

15:48 FULL TIME: Hull FC 60-20 Hull KR. Get the popcorn stocked up in the press room.

15:47 We finally have a score up in Cumbria

15:45 WOW

15:43 It’s fair to say KR fans are not happy at this moment in time, although Keiron Dixon has pulled the deficit back a little. 60-14 now.

15:42 Come on guys, it’s only pre-season!

15:41 We have our first shock of the day! Rochdale score again to put their game with Swinton to bed. The League One side lead 30-18.

15:40 Bradford’s lead is down to two, Tom Briscoe for the treble winners.

15:39 Meanwhile, this man is flying again.

15:38 More on KR later, who have now shipped 60 points, but elsewhere Reece Lyne, playing on the wing today, has pulled one back for Wakefield. They trail Cas 14-6.
Another potential story developing is at Salford, who are now 12-0 up on Wigan!

15:32 Swinton hitting back at Rochdale, they are now 24-18 behind. Big win for the Hornets if they can hold on.

15:30 Featherstone 6-4 ahead against Hunsley. Jamie Cording with Fev’s try.

15:29 FC have 50, this is a very, very bad day at the office for KR.

15:24 Hull KR fans, we’d love to hear from you. It’s going from bad to worse

15:22 The new captain fantastic? He’s trying! Leeds all level

15:19 The big man Ashton Sims is over for Warrington! Warrington all square with Leigh.

15:17 The Championship teams upsetting the big boys at the minute. Kris Welham puts Bradford ahead against Leeds.

15:14 Only getting worse for KR in the second-half. Scott Taylor over for his new club. Ominous, very ominous in fact, for the Robins at the minute. They trail 42-10.

15:13 Warrington Wolves have put a very strong team out today, but they’ve gone behind to Leigh thanks to an Adam Higson try!

15:10 Loads of tries early on. Mark Flanagan has put Salford in front ahead of Wigan, Oliver Holmes has extended Castleford’s lead over Wakefield and Mark Percival’s try has put Saints ahead ahainst Widnes.

15:05 The try-scoring sensation is at it again. Denny Solomona puts Castleford ahead against Wakefield. Big things expected of him this year. Gale misses the conversion, so Cas lead 4-0.

15:04 Oh how it is great to have Rugby League back, eh?

15:00 The rest of today’s games are now all ready to get underway!

14:57 A number of debutants around the grounds today, here are the four we are watching out for.


14:51 Half-time in the Hull derby – here’s our man Aaron Bower’s verdict – with a full report in Monday’s League Express.

A half that started with real optimism for Hull KR has turned into an absolute horror show. KR have been pretty abject in defence, particularly in that last 20 minutes, where they shipped four tries in four sets at one point.

Hull FC’s new signings look to have settled well, but Leon Pryce is looking majestic out there at half-back. A lot of the good things Hull are doing are coming from the experienced Pryce. Frank Pritchard hasn’t disappointed, either! It’s 36-10 at the break, and the Clive Sullivan Trophy is surely heading to Lee Radford’s men.

14:47 A shock on the cards? Rochdale lead Championship outfit Oldham at the break.

14:46 Another big game today is Leeds Rhinos vs Bradford Bulls, updates throughout!

How many KR fans feel like this at the minute?

14:43 This is worrying for KR. Jamie Shaul goes over again and it’s 34-10. Far, far too easy for Lee Radford’s men in the first-half.

14:40 Hull FC are flying!! Three tries in five minutes put the Airlie Birds 28-10 ahead. Jamie Shaul, Carlos Tuimavave and Steve Michaels the scorers.

14:28pm FC are in the lead!A debut try for Sika Manu and one for Mahe Fonua put the Airlie Birds 12-10 in front, although Graeme Horne has pulled one back.

14:10pm We have our first try of the day! And it’s in the Hull derby as Josh Mantellato goes over for the Robins.Welcome to another Sunday, and another gameday in pre-season.

14:06pm We’ll be keeping our eyes on all the matches, including Swinton and Rochdale!

14:04pm A very strong Warrington team today! Fancy them against Leigh?

14:03pm Josh Jones makes his Salford debut today.

1:31pm – There’s an early kick-off today, and that’s at the KC Stadium at 2pm when Hull FC take on Hull KR. Here’s the teams:
FC: Shaul, Naughton, Tuimavave, Logan, Fonua, Pryce, Sneyd, Watts, Houghton, Taylor, Minichiello, Manu, Thompson.
KR: Sio, Mantellato, Thornley, Horne, Cockayne, Marsh, Kelly, Walker, Boudebza, Tilse, Blair, Clarkson, Green.

13:56pm The teams are coming in thick and fast, here is St Helens’ team – Jack Owens starts against his former club.

13:57pm No Chris Houston for Widnes, who was supposed to arrive in the country yesterday.

13:58pm The teams for Widnes and Castleford. Reece Lyne an interesting inclusion on the wing for Wakefield.

The new campaign is just a matter of weeks away, and pre-season is certainly hotting up with some exciting games today – not least a Hull derby at the KC Stadium.

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